REPORT TO: Board of Directors & interested parties
From: Roger Plante (coming from reports handed in by the ten missionaries.
REPORT TO: Board of Directors & interested parties
From: Roger Plante (coming from reports handed in by the ten missionaries.
What we do in His Name is always an Inspiration to others
The annual J.O.P. Food Drive at St John the Evangelist church in Naples, Florida, on the weekend of March 4-5, 2017, supported our ministry in Jamaica with enthusiasm and lots of food donations. An ocean bound container left the parish grounds on May 6th with six hundred labeled cartons of food and goods. Over five hundred of those were cartons of food. Among them were 129 cartons of cereal, 106 cartons of pasta, 97 cartons of canned vegetables, and 34 cartons of rice. Each carton of rice contained approximately 35 lbs of rice packages. Additional cartons contained soup, flour, oatmeal, canned fruit, beans, juice, and shelled nuts. Not all cartons listed on the manifest contained food. Donated optical and dental supplies, handmade clothing, text books, and a carton of handmade toys made by a wood craft club in Naples, were also entered on the container’s manifest.
In the name of those Jamaicans who will receive the food and goods collected, we extend sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who contributed to the success of the Food Drive. What we do in His name is always an inspiration to others to do the same.
The January dental mission to St. Pius took place on January 23-24-25. The mission leader was Jeanne Stamant (missing from photo), from Naples, FL.
The mission team included:
Dr. Mary MacKay, Lubek, ME (repeat missionary with us)
Dr. Ludmila Tchakarova, Baltimore, MD
Dr Mark Lazare, Naples, FL(repeat missionary with us)
Jamie Fisher, RDH, N Palm Beach, FL
Chantel Burnett, RDH, Miami, Fl
Tatiana Kravtsova, RDH, Baltimore, MD
Gina Graci, RDH, Cincinnati, OH
Eunice Milien, RDH/assistant, Miami, FL
Stephanie Willie, Assistant, Saskatchewan, Canada
3 Assistants from Jamaica:
Marcia Wizard,Sheriffa Edwards & Trecia Rodney (1 day ea) to fill in for a last minute cancellation by a volunteer Assistant from FL.
Our mission had two major goals, first to take care of as many patients as we could handle at the clinic, and second to conduct educational sessions at the DuPont School which includes preventative work there.
Our clinic operated Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 pm, 7:45 pm and 6:30 pm Mon-Tue-Wed, respectively. I rescheduled several patients to the next mission trip to minimize the already long hours devoted to our team. At the school two dental hygienists conducted two sessions daily, first giving oral hygiene education to the children, then applying fluoride varnish to the children’s teeth and then conducting a full inspection of their mouths to determine their immediate and future needs.
In total we saw 779 patients for a total of 199 procedures (excluding school procedures). The team reports show that there was lots of compassion flowing with team members and with the patients. As usual, Miss Vivienne Bradford and Boxer were of tremendous help to the team, and they produced fantastic results. We also examined 17 patients referred out to oral surgeons or medical doctors for high blood pressure treatment ( BP too high to risk doing an extraction).
|Day||Extractions||Fillings||Cleanings||Clinic Pts||DuPont||Total patients|
As usual, the staff at St. Pius, Miss Vivienne Bradford and Boxer were super hosts to the group and Kevin & Rosemarie Williams hosted an excellent dinner Monday evening. Having the security folks around was an added bonus both for the peace of mind and for the social interaction. Kevin and Deacon Vivian’s presence at the hostel on our departure day was a very special send-off.
The team’s recommendations and suggestions for future missions will be documented in a separate report to Roger.
Jeanne Stamant, “mission mama”
DENTAL MISSION REPORT—-NOVEMBER 2016
The November dental mission to St. Pius took place on November 14-15-16. The mission leader was Regina Johnson, a dental assistant and dental office manager from Tennessee. She was a first time participant at our September mission.
The mission team included:
Dr. Teresa Prendiville, Tampa, FL
(fourth mission with us)
Dr. Justin Scott, Atlanta, GA
(Dr.) Hans Almanzar, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
(repeat missionary with us)
Regina Johnson, Team Leader, Cookeville,TN,
(repeat missionary with us)
Berline Joseph, RDH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
(repeat missionary with us)
Lauryn Sheeley, RDH, Atlanta, GA
(group organizer for the Atlanta folks)
Claire Smithson, RDH, Atlanta, GA
Tyler Barra, Assistant, Atlanta, GA
Hiba Alsajee, Assistant, Atlanta, GA
Kelsi Velpel, Assistant, Atlanta, GA
The team reports show that there was lots of compassion flowing with team members and with the patients. As usual, Miss Vivienne Bradford and Boxer were of tremendous help to the team, and they produced fantastic results.
Day Extractions Fillings Cleanings Exams Total patients
Monday 46 20 22 3 55
Tuesday 76 17 39 0 74
Wednesday 81 11 34 3 67
Totals 203 48 95 6 196
As usual, the staff at St. Pius, Miss Vivienne Bradford and Boxer were super hosts to the group, and having the security folks around was an added bonus both for the peace of mind and for the social interaction.
There was no school involvement at this mission.
Here are a couple of comments from the missionaries:
“I was blessed with the opportunity to put together a mission trip with a team of people from the dental office I work at. I went into the mission not sure what to expect, and I was overwhelmed with emotions. It felt like no matter what I did, I wasn’t quite doing enough. The people of Kingston blew me away with their gratitude and appreciativeness! Even though I felt like I was doing little, to them it was everything. This mission exceeded anything I expected, and I am already looking forward to returning in the future.” LS
I came home to great results from my final state exam and now I’m officially a Hygienist. As for the November mission it was different from the last, first thing first Regina was an amazing leader, and the Jamaican staff were excellent. In my opinion, Dr. Hans was the MVP………The hygienist on the first day were very overwhelmed however the next few days they adapted and we made it work. In overall outside the clinic everyone were very nice and had great hearts. It was very interesting to see how the different work ethics came together.
It was a good mission…Good team. A few hiccups, as expected in any group dynamic, but by the end, all was working well and I feel that we did some VERY good work……… a tech I know in Orlando is interested in joining future missions to explore replacing those front teeth we hate to pull. Thanks Roger, I think it was a good one this time. Dr. T
I would like to let you know that I personally had a great experience during our 3-day mission. It was so awesome to be able to help other patients that are in need for dental treatments. We wanted to do more things for those people that came in with more than one problem but, of course we had to be mindful of others who are waiting to be seen as well. Regina did an awesome job helping us and guiding us through it all, she is a rock star! Dr. Teresa was amazing and she did an excellent job helping and leading the team, she is phenomenal! And of course Boxer was the man that was always there when we needed him and he was super friendly and very helpful. Overall I felt great about what I did and I will defiantly keep it in mind so I can come back next time and help more patients. HA
This trip was equally rewarding and gratifying as the September mission was. There was a few bumps, but all in all,
we came, we conquered, and hopefully left a footprint in the hearts of many that we served. As before, I loved being
there and helping those who are so very grateful and so very much in need of help of any and all kinds. My heart is once again full and many many friends have been made, with a lifetime full of joy knowing we made a difference.
Can’t wait to get back there and see all the friends that I have made on both trips once again!!!!! Regina
To JOP Board of Directors, Mission team, and Dr. Zimm
Re: Nov. 1 to 6, 2016 Eye Care Mission Trip Report
Submitted by Jeanne Stamant
Missionaries: Dr Alanna Edwards (Atlanta, GA), Dr. Paul Russo (Cooperstown, NY), Ohio team: Paul Connor, Ashaunda Edwards, Amy Kuzma, Peggy Johnson, and FL team: Jeanne Stamant & Ginny Lazar. Also Ray Shawcross accompanied us to do Education work and audits.
This team was exceptional and devoted to our ministry to help the poor; they were great to work with and are people with huge caring hearts. Two doctors new to our mission did not have any trouble acclimating to our clinic facilities and worked so efficiently we were ready to close the clinic and eyeglass dispensary by 5:30 pm all 3 nights (a first for me in my 14 years doing these mission trips).
275 Exams completed
223 Pairs eyeglasses to be made by Wandering Eyes/ Paul Connor in OH
Many reading glasses dispensed (we did not count those).
Some repairs of eyeglasses. These were minor repairs like replacing screws. The edger that Paul Connor had shipped did not arrive until after our departure, so major repairs and on-site eyeglasses were not possible this trip. Paul delivered and fitted the eyeglasses prescribed by Dr Zimm for his August mission trip patients.
32 Cataract patients diagnosed as ready for surgery; list and patient records will be delivered to Dr Zimm.
26 Glaucoma patients diagnosed and prescriptions given (additional refills will be coordinated by Ms. Bradford and Dr Lee Martin). The Alcon donated eye meds were delivered to St Pius after we had departed, so they will be there for the next mission team.
14 Special surgeries or other eye disease and treatment – list and patient records will be delivered to Dr Zimm.
We did not have a nurse this trip so blood pressure screenings were not done.
Immaculate Convent Hostel continues to be managed by Ms. Odette Creary. Supper at $9 per person was simple but convenient; there is a new rule in place that catered meals must be for a minimum of 10 persons (i.e. $90 min fee); we were 5, 9 and 8 missionaries on those 3 catered nights so we invited Paul the driver and Boxer to join us. WIFI service at the convent was much better than in past years. Ms. Bradford obtained our groceries (per list we had provided her in advance) before we arrived. Paul Deacon served as our driver and in spite of the van breaking down on Saturday, he, Vivienne and Fr Thomas were able to drum up alternative transportation (a wild ride in and with a police escort was the highlight of the week).
Thursday evening dinner was Pizza Night and attended by some of the staff from St Pius.
Friday evening we were the guests of Kevin and Rosemarie Williams and enjoyed traditional Jamaican foods, followed by a walk to the ice cream shop.
Our missionaries were all favorably moved by the experience and indicated a willingness to do it again in the future. We had a Saturday night assessment session with ideas flowing about potential future improvements and I believe Ashuanda took notes. Ashaunda: please email me your notes or, if you did not take them, perhaps Paul C can direct me to the person who did.
Miss Bradford greeted us warmly and handled our needs efficiently and graciously. Tanicia, Peta-Gaye and Jody were our registration and frame selection team and were indispensable. Boxer was ever-present and served his usual ambassador role and facilitator for security, lunch, supplies and water. The St Pius grounds and facilities were clean and tidy.
Fr. Collin Henriques and Archbishop Ken Richards met with Ray and I on Nov 2nd; Ray and I will update the JOP Board at our upcoming meeting.
I arrived a day early to conduct audits of St. Pius and St Benedict/AMU for JOP related grants. Ray conducted the audits of St Peter Claver and DuPont School. Those reports will be sent to the JOP Audit Committee when completed.
Some things to consider for the future:
This mission was very successful and on behalf of the JOP Board, I extend its thanks to all who contributed their time, money, and talent.
Jeanne Stamant, mission coordinator
GREETINGS FROM THE JAMAICA OUTREACH PROGRAN
REPORT OF THE SEPTEMBER 2016 DENTAL MISSION TEAM
PIUS CAMPUS, KINGSTON, JAMAICA
To: Board of Directors, missionaries and other interested parties
From: Roger Plante, Dental Mission Leader
RE: Mission Trip Report September 26-27-28, 2016 St. Pius X Mission, Kingston, JA
As usual, I was privileged to serve with 13 extremely devoted missionaries on this our 21st organized dental mission trip at the Van Domelen Dental center. These missionaries included:
Dr. Cara Corning, Mt. Juliet, TN
Dr. Manijeh D’Amelio (Dr. Jenny) Naples, FL
Dr. Brian Van Slootan, Arlington, VA
Wendy Gibson Mills RDH Brohard, WV Team Leader
Regina Johnson, Dental Asst, Nashville, TN
Berline Joseph, Dental Asst., Ft. Lauderdale
Cindy Weldon RDH, Naples, FL
Marie Do, RDH, Va Bch, VA
Rachel Dalida, RDH, Va Bch, VA
Rachel Yacoub RDH Phoenix, AZ
Brittany Knapp, RDH, Washington, WV
Jamel Woods, Lay Assistant, San Diego, CA
Jhenell McLeod, Lay Assistant, Kingston, Jamaica
This team far exceeded the established goals for this mission.
Following are the mission tallies:
Extractions Fillings Cleanings Other Total clinic patients DuPont School
55 22 19 4 97 147= Day 1
48 28 38 4 70 240=Day 2
36 41 40 5 71 270=Day 3
139 91 97 13 238 657 Total
Total clinic procedures: 340 Total patients in clinic: 238 Total patients seen: 895
As usual, our mission team was enhanced by the presence of Miss Vivienne Bradford, Rosemarie Warren and (Boxer) McEwan without whose help many of our little problems would not have been handled so smoothly.
The mission was conducted without incident or any breakdown of equipment and the communication and accord between the missionaries was stellar.
The DuPont staff was extremely cooperative and they again expressed their appreciation for all that JOP does for their student body.
On Thursday morning, Dr. Bran Van Slooten and I left with Boxer for the motor trip to Seaford Town with a truckload of equipment and supplies which we have been collecting from generous donors here in the states, along with some purchased goods to set up the upcoming mission there. The scheduled dates for our first dental/medical mission there is October 20-21-22. That mission will include a dental team of 3 persons, a medical team of 4 persons a team leader and two support persons. This is a maiden voyage and our first real mission outreach to Bishop Burchell McPherson’s diocese. We know there is deep poverty there, and we are looking forward to more such missions at that location.
We are always in need of dental personnel plus ER or clinic type of medical people at our missions and additionally, we are trying to equip our clinic in Montego Bay, so we are also always in need of instruments, equipment and supplies. Anything you can donate will be acknowledged with a Letter noting your donation. We are a 501-3-c corporation.
As usual, huge THANK YOU to this team of devoted and dedicated individuals who made up this team, for spreading God’s love to the less fortunate.
ALL SAINTS EYE CENTER
“Excellence In Eye Care and Dermatology”
JEFFREY L. ZIMM, M.D.
CORNEAL, CATARACT AND LASIK SURGERY SPECIALIST August 15, 2016 Board of Directors
Jamaica Outreach Program
St. John Evangelist Catholic Church Naples, FL
To All Board Members:
I would like to give you a summary of our latest mission trip to St. Pius from August 11 to August 14, 2016. Four All Saints Eye Center staff members accompanied me and we examined approximately 200 patients. As usual, it was the normal mixture of adolescents, young adults, as well as elderly patients. Numerous cataracts were identified as well as a handful of “special cases” including patients that require strabismus, corneal transplant, and retinal surgery. Overall, the equipment at Pius has been working adequately. However, one examination room’s equipment is somewhat old. Follow up on patients who have been identified as glaucoma patients and suspects has been disappointing. Very few patients went for testing at a local ophthalmologist’s office. However, there are some patients that do consistently come through the clinic and are seen on regular intervals. These patients are given samples which appear to be their only access to medication. Therefore, I do feel that best way to handle the glaucoma is to simply see patients at the clinic and give them samples. Along that same line, we need to continue to work with the pharmaceutical companies to get as many samples as possible so that patients who are compliant with their follow-ups have a continuous supply of medication. “Special need” patients such as corneal transplants, advanced glaucoma, and diabetics are receiving care in Naples. The model seems to be working quite well. In most cases, there is good follow up care with, patients returning to the clinic when I am in Kingston or with Dr. McIntosh. I suggest no significant changes in this area and l remain hopeful that we will continue to be able to find donors who are willing to sponsor these patients. I met with Dr. Maynard McIntosh during my recent trip and visited his office and operating room. It is a brand new facility with state of the art equipment, and I am exploring the possibility of personally doing the cataract surgery at Dr. McIntosh’s facility. Serendipitously, there are some advances to this idea as we both use Alcon equipment and supplies. As always, it is a pleasure visiting Jamaica.
Sincerely, Jeffrey L. Zimm, M.D.
P.S. It is hard to believe, but I have been visiting St. Pius for over 12 years!
Performers included the very popular Southwest Florida talent of Billy Dean and Dawn. They were joined by our favorite Jamaican tenor Kevin Williams who not only performed several spiritual hymns but charmed the audience with beautiful ballads including “Perhaps Love” and “Unchained Melody.” Also featured was Dino Vallee, a well-known supporter of the arts and popular opera personality in Southwest Florida and Detroit. His renditions of “Old Man River” and “Largo” from The Barber of Seville were superb.
Chairperson Roger Plante welcomed the audience of nearly 300 and gave a brief synopsis of J.O.P.’s work in Kingston, Jamaica. Funds raised from this wonderful event will support the annual food drive for Jamaica as well as the dental, optical, and medical clinics on the compound of St. Pius X.
Jamaica Outreach Casino Night Raised over $13,000
The Casino Night held February 6th, 2015 was sold out and a great success, raising over $13,000 for the poor in Jamaica. Guests were greeted at the door with a flashing red carpet entrance and early bird donation specials on raffle tickets or casino chips. Fun and joy were reflected on the faces of guests as they enjoyed fine food & drink and got great deals on the Silent Auction. When the Casino opened there was a mad dash to favorite gaming tables: Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, Texas Holdem and Slot machines…. People were 3 and 4 deep watching others play or waiting to get in on the action. Cheers, moans and groans could be heard throughout the ballroom as winners and losers reacted to the turn of a card or roll of the dice. The atmosphere was electric and everyone left happy (especially those who won the great raffle prizes… the grand prize cruise was won by Nancy Tuck). Casino Party Nights Florida created a very professional Casino and the dealers were real characters. We will definitely do this again next year (save the date Feb 4, 2016). Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this event, especially our sponsors: Gary & Peg Wendlandt, Jeanne & Bob Stamant, John & Mary Tingle, Steve Pala and 2 anonymous donors.
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The weekend of February 6-8, 2015, was special in many ways. A Jamaican choir under the direction of Kevin Williams graced the liturgies at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples, FL with beautiful voices and hymns. That weekend a special collection was taken up in the church to support our sister parish St. Pius X, the medical, dental and optical clinics at St. Pius X as well as education programs there and elsewhere in Jamaica. We extend heartfelt thanks for your support and loyalty to our mission to help the poor in Jamaica.
Hosting the choir for three days in private homes involved a concerted effort on the part of many. Hosting involves chauffeuring, lodging, feeding, and providing a home away from home to a choir that gives its all with cheer and good will. The fact that those amenities are extended by our hosts to people they have never met says a lot about our parish. Inviting perfect strangers into your homes takes a leap of faith and a special kind of courage; they delivered both with grace and style.
Other groups and families “hosted the hosts” and their Jamaican guests for their evening meals throughout the weekend. It was a great service to many by a very special few.
We told our Jamaican guests that they were missionaries to Naples. As they shared their energy, time, and talent on behalf of their fellow Jamaicans, they renewed our own energy, time, and talents on behalf of the very same people.
And aren’t we all lucky to have someone like Kevin Williams befriending our cause? What a great ambassador he is for Jamaica’s poor!
See all the photos here